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Kunga Hyolmo

Hyolmo has been working with Republica Online as junior correspondent since November 2019.

The real ‘Gaijatra’: Sheer stupidity on display

Published On: August 24, 2021 01:39 PM NPT By: Kunga Hyolmo

KATHMANDU, August 24: Huge public gatherings were witnessed in the Bhaktapur Durbar Square area on Monday as people celebrating the Gaijatra festival flooded the area. In normal days, the scene would have been usual but at a time when the country is devastated by the second wave of COVID-19 triggered by the Delta Variant, such gatherings have worried public health experts and the authorities concerned.

Nepal speeds up vaccination drive as 3rd COVID wave hovers around

Published On: August 8, 2021 12:18 PM NPT By: Kunga Hyolmo

KATHMANDU, August 8: Nepal has been administering COVID-19 vaccines to more than 150,000 people a day on average over the past few days.

What experts could be missing about causes of Helambu-Melamchi floods and landslides

Published On: August 6, 2021 04:49 PM NPT By: Kunga Hyolmo

KATHMANDU, August 6: Bremathang -- the area in the uplands of Helambu that is said to be the origin of the devastating landslides and floods of June 15 in Helambu Rural Municipality and Melamchi Municipality -- was once a grassland, a holy pilgrimage site for Tibetan buddhists, and a meditation center. The grassland that once stretched a few kilometers, at the base of the Himalayas, has now turned into a sand bank.

Govt decision to conduct Grade 12 board exams physically amid pandemic triggers huge outcry among students

Published On: August 5, 2021 02:42 PM NPT By: Kunga Hyolmo

“Previously, similar gatherings were witnessed at vaccination centers and most of the people who are being admitted due to COVID-19 infection these days are among those who visited such centers.”

Teku Hospital, TUTH chock-full with COVID patients; ICUs, HDUs, wards filled with infected, once again

Published On: August 1, 2021 04:02 PM NPT By: Kunga Hyolmo

KATHMANDU, August 1: In an alarming case, all beds at the Intensive Care Units (ICUs), High Dependency Units (HDUs), emergencies and wards of the hospitals in Kathmandu are once again full with COVID-19 patients once again.

VIDEO: Helambu likely to suffer food, medical crisis as last bridge of Helambu-Melamchi corridor swept away

Published On: August 1, 2021 01:00 PM NPT By: Kunga Hyolmo

KATHMANDU, August 1: A fresh flood has occurred in the Melamchi River yet again. Following incessant rain on Saturday, the flood struck the region on Sunday morning, sweeping away the ‘Rato Pul’ along with 12 houses and tarp settlements damaged by the previous floods.

He makes money in Wall Street and feeds poor people and stray animals in ‘main streets’

Published On: July 31, 2021 12:57 PM NPT By: Kunga Hyolmo

KATHMANDU, July 31: Navaneet Koirala, CEO and Founder of Koirala Capital LLC, and President and Founder of K Foundation Global Inc, currently studying Corporate and Personal Finance at Harvard University, can be best described as a social worker, who has made innumerable contributions to society.

Nepal set to receive millions of doses of vaccines as govt plans to inoculate all population by mid-March

Published On: July 31, 2021 09:18 AM NPT By: Kunga Hyolmo

KATHMANDU, July 31: As many as 3,779,932 people have received their first shot of COVID-19 vaccines and 1,621,754 people have been fully vaccinated in Nepal as of Friday, according to the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP).

Lack of vaccination, tests creates room for variants in Nepal

Published On: July 30, 2021 02:24 PM NPT By: Kunga Hyolmo

Nepal is very much likely to witness devastation of a higher level than that of the second wave in the coming days, if effective steps are not taken to stem the further spread of the variants of COVID-19 in the country, warn experts

Nepal’s COVID-19 vaccination drive focused mainly on Bagmati as cases see a sharp rise in other provinces

Published On: July 26, 2021 02:14 PM NPT By: Kunga Hyolmo

KATHMANDU, July 26: As of Sunday, 1,398,178 people are fully vaccinated and 3,383,038 people have received a single dose of vaccine against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Nepal, according to the latest data issued by the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP).

Here is what experts, WHO and CDC have to say about J&J vaccine, safety and possible health problems

Published On: July 19, 2021 05:01 PM NPT By: Kunga Hyolmo

Vaccine is safe and effective: experts

IMEI registration mandatory for mobile phones to function in Nepal from tomorrow

Published On: July 15, 2021 02:22 PM NPT By: Kunga Hyolmo

KATHMANDU, July 14: The Nepal Telecom Authority (NTA) is adopting a mobile device management system from Friday in order to monitor illegal use of mobile phones in the country.

COMMENTARY: What made you wait for a month, Mr Prime Minister?

Published On: July 11, 2021 03:29 PM NPT By: Kunga Hyolmo

Whatever Oli has announced for the people of flood- and landslide-hit Helambu and Melamchi is too little and too late.

Nepal may lose its grip on COVID-19 pandemic as govt prematurely eases prohibitory orders

Published On: July 8, 2021 02:27 PM NPT By: Kunga Hyolmo

“It is strange why the number of tests is decreasing as the cases decrease. Instead, the government must conduct as many tests as possible while the cases are decreasing to detect every last case and reduce the rate of transmission.”

'If you don’t have Rs 100,000 to charter a chopper, you die'

Published On: July 6, 2021 03:46 PM NPT By: Kunga Hyolmo

The government, other agencies concerned and aid seems mostly targeted to those places only where journalists first visited and made those places ‘viral’ in social media and news channels.

VIDEO: Situation worsens in Helambu as weeks pass by without electricity, communication and roads

Published On: June 30, 2021 08:15 AM NPT By: Kunga Hyolmo

KATMANDU, June 29: The massive landslide in the Himalayas of Helambu Rural Municipality-1 of Sindhupalchowk district triggered a huge flash flood downstream that wiped away everything on its way on June 16.

COVID-19 risk in Kathmandu Valley still high even as local administrations decide to further relax restrictions

Published On: June 29, 2021 07:05 AM NPT By: Kunga Hyolmo

KATHMANDU, June 29: Districts Administration Offices of three districts in the Kathmandu Valley – Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur – have decided to extend the ongoing prohibitory order allowing some more public activities.

The last bridge connecting Helambu to rest of the world in bad shape

Published On: June 25, 2021 05:49 PM NPT By: Kunga Hyolmo

KATHMANDU, June 25: A massive landslide and a flash flood hit Helambu Rural Municipality and downstream villages of Sindhupalchowk last week. It has almost been 10 days, and it won’t be otherwise to say that Helambu has remained disconnected from the rest of the world since then. Both motorable and suspension bridges have been swept away. There has been no communication network and electricity since June 16.

Local youths in collaboration with Hyolmo Society of America distribute first round of relief in lower Helambu

Published On: June 25, 2021 03:45 PM NPT By: Kunga Hyolmo

KATHMANDU, June 25: Local youths from Melamchi Ghyang, Dhusum and Tembathang, in collaboration with the Hyolmo Society of America (HSA), distributed relief materials and cash to flood and landslide victims of Timbu and Haldey of Helambu Rural Municipality- 1 on Friday.

Prohibitory orders eased, odd-even rule for private vehicles in Kathmandu Valley

Published On: June 22, 2021 11:48 AM NPT By: Kunga Hyolmo

KATHMANDU, June 22: The district administration offices in the Kathmandu Valley – Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur -- have eased the prohibitory orders enforced to contain the second wave of the coronavirus from Tuesday.